Michael Shine: It is very difficult, isn’t it, not to have an opinion on what is going on currently in the Middle-East? You would have to be blind, deaf and dumb not to have read media reports, or seen Television reports or heard on the radio, various versions of the rights and wrongs, the attacks and the retaliations going on all around the area.
Tens of thousands attend the funeral of lone soldier Shawn Carmeli from Haifa. Photo: Gil Yaari, Flash90. This is an English translation from the Hebrew of a very important article by Dr. Baratz. Operation Protective Edge has brought to the fore a sense of unity of purpose and political consensus not seen in Israel for a long time • Ran Baratz explains the reasons for this and examines the ramifications for the Zionist and radical left • Bottom line: Even the left understands that not much has changed in our struggle with Jihadist Islam, and Israel must still rely on its national strength and resolve for its survival.
Col.Richard Kemp: People often ask what Britain would do if it came under rocket fire. During World War II, when the Nazis launched rockets indiscriminately at the civilian population of southern England, then-Prime Minister Winston Churchill sent 600 bombers to attack the German missile workshops, a raid that tragically killed over 700 innocent civilians. The Royal Air Force followed up by dropping 2,000 tons of explosives on launch sites along the French coast.
When US President Barack Obama phoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday night, in the middle of a security cabinet meeting, he ended any remaining doubt regarding his policy toward Israel and Hamas.